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20th Trail of Tears ride includes stop at Rocket Center

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Rain didn't stop thousands of bikes that made their way across Alabama for the 20th Annual Trail of Tears ride Saturday. This year's run had a couple of major route changes and layovers.

The ride started in Bridgeport, entering Madison County around 9:30 a.m.

The first route change made for this year's ride was a layover at the US Space & Rocket Center, where afterward, the riders continued west on I-565 until Exit 2, where they made their second route change on Mooresville Road and traveled north to U.S. 72 at Athens - the second route change.

From Athens, the ride continued to Florence and the ride's endpoint in Waterloo.

The westbound on- and off-ramps along I-565 were closed as the riders traveled west on the interstate.

Alabama state troopers; the Jackson County, Madison County and Limestone County Sheriff's Departments; the Huntsville, Madison, Athens and Florence Police Departments; ambulance services and fire departments all worked together in support of the event.

The ride marks the journey Native Americans took on-foot during their forced removal from their homes in 1830.

To see the route map and to learn more information, you can go to the Trail of Tears motorcycle ride website.

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